Monday 14 October 2019

WATCH: Review – Canon's new Eos RP mirrorless camera

Camera: Canon Eos RP (€1,599 from Conn’s Cameras and other retailers)

Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

The Eos RP's highlights are its surprising light weight, its relatively low price and its flip-out touchscreen.

Its drawbacks are its modest battery life, a lack of proper 4K video and a poorly-implemented silent shooting system.

But overall, this is definitely a camera of interest.

€1,600 for a new full-frame mirrorless camera with these features is very, very competitive. This is basically a mirrorless digital version of the 6D Mark ii, with many of the same components, at the same price.

This kind of pricing is a welcome departure for Canon, which is used to positioning its full-frame cameras at a premium to most other brands.

Its fully-articulating flip-out touchscreen is, in my opinion, a huge advantage for anyone interested in tricky photography angles or a bit of video work. This is incredibly useful in lots of situations, from shooting babies and pets to getting a clear shot at parades and other events when in a crowded zone.

But the Eos RP's drawbacks include a modest battery. At just over 1,000mAh, you'll only get around 400 shots with it compared to the 700 (or likely more) you'd get with an Eos R or 6D Mark ii. The Eos RP uses the same small battery that you get in some existing mid-range Canon DSLRs, like the 800D. Also, the Eos RP shoots 4K video, but only at a 1.7 crop. In other words, if you switch to 4K mode, you'll only get the centre bit of your lens's frame. This rules the Eos RP out for some serious videographers.

However, most potential purchasers probably won't care. 4K video is only really valuable to professional videographers as an editing tool, allowing them to crop parts of the frame or create effects. It's also only fair to point out that 4K mode can be used in full if using an EFS lens, which the Eos RP also takes (with the adapter).

The only thing that really bothered me about this camera is the lack of an electronic (silent) shutter. It means you can’t photograph discreetly at events where the camera's 'clack' sound could be disruptive or distracting.

You get an adapter in the box with the camera, which lets you use any of your existing Canon-compatible lenses, from any manufacturer, including 'full frame' (EF) and 'cropped frame' (EFS) lenses.

For anyone who feels the camera is a little bit too small, there's a grip that Canon makes (the EG-E1) that gives it a heftier ergonomic shape.

Speaking of lenses, Canon has also announced six new 'RF' lenses for its full-frame mirrorless system. These include a 15-35mm f2.8, a 24-70mm f2.8, a 70-200mm f2.8 and, intriguingly, a 24-200 f4-6.3. These four lenses all include stabilisation. Two other 85mm f1.2 lenses have also been announced.

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